Oculus Rift owners discovered that their headphones had stopped working yesterday, thanks to an expired certificate. It seems that Oculus forgot to renew its security certificate, causing part of the Rift application to crash and prevent access to its virtual reality software. While temporary solutions involved setting a computer date earlier in the week, Oculus is now issuing a software update to fix the problem.
The solution is available on the Oculus Rift website and includes a certificate that has not expired. Oculus thanked the owners for their patience in a Twitter message today, but stopped before apologizing for the embarrassing lapse. This is not the first time we see that expired certificates affect large software platforms. In November 2015, Mac owners were forced to remove and reinstall the software they had downloaded from the App Store thanks to an expired security certificate. This Oculus incident is just the last reminder for developers to make sure they are renewing certificates in a timely manner.
Hello everyone, thanks for your patience. We now have an Oculus software update that solves the problem where Rift can not start. For more information and instructions, enter here: https://t.co/gYz2G4Fon7 Thank you once again for your patience. – Oculus Rift (@OculusRift) March 8, 2018